Game: LSU 37, TCU 27. The Tigers displayed uncustomary firepower under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron in running for 197 yards and throwing for another 251 against an opponent with a solid defensive reputation. LSU jumped in front 13-3 early in the second quarter and then had an answer for every score the Horned Frogs managed after that. QB Zach Mattenberger's 20-yard touchdown pass to WR Jarvis Landry with 6:09 left just three plays after Jaden Oberkrom's 75-yard kickoff return sealed it.
Takeaway: The Tigers had troubles in the red zone on their first two trips, settling for field goals and a 6-3 lead at the end of the first quarter, but once their offense got rolling, it was a pretty impressive show.
Third-down efficiency was a big factor with the Tigers converting 13 of 19 opportunities.
"Those were the major differences," coach Les Miles said. "We're throwing the ball for bigger plays. We're being able to convert on third downs. I think that's one of the real successes of the offense at this point."
-- Senior RB Alfred Blue showed no effects of the knee injury that cost him most of the 2012 season. He rushed for 89 yards on a game-high 19 rushes. "I think Alfred Blue played extremely hard," coach Les Miles said. "It's one thing to run practice snaps when you're not getting tackled -- you just came off a major knee injury. And it's quite another to shoulder the load in the running game in a big time game against a non-conference opponent that's nationally ranked."
-- WRs Odell Beckham Jr. (118 yards on five catches) and Jarvis Landry (109 on eight) gave LSU two 100-yard receivers in a game for the first time since Oct. 13, 2001, when Josh Reed and Michael Clayton did it at Kentucky
Next: Vs. UAB, Sept. 7.